Roald Dahl Nurses Appeal supported by Julie Walters and Claudia Winkleman

Posted by
Vicky Hewlett
Posted on
9:30am, 11th May
photo of Claudia Winkleman

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity launches a nurses appeal, the day before International Nurses Day (12th May), to ensure its network of Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses can continue their vital work caring for seriously ill children while also supporting their fellow NHS workers on the frontline during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The nurses appeal will raise funds to help the charity’s specialist nurses continue their vital work and significantly increase the number of seriously ill children it reaches by providing more nurses. This appeal is supported by the charity’s Patrons, Claudia Winkleman and Julie Walters, who have recorded video messages, as well as by David Walliams. The charity currently supports 21,000 children but needs to do so much more.

Claudia Winkleman, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity Patron, said: “Like all NHS staff, Roald Dahl Specialist Children’s Nurses are heroes. They are joining the front line to fight Coronavirus while still providing a vital lifeline to seriously ill children and their families. These families rely heavily on the support their Roald Dahl Nurse gives them, and this need is magnified at a time when the health service is under such enormous pressure. I would encourage everyone who can to dig deep and support these nurses who are doing such a wonderful job in such difficult times.”

Julie Walters, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity Patron, said: “On International Nurses Day I would like everyone to reflect on the enormous contribution that nurses are making towards the fight against COVID-19 and take a moment to say thank you. Many years ago, I was a nurse myself, so I know how much nurses love their jobs. I also know first-hand the expert care and love they can provide. I have been a proud patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity since its beginnings almost thirty years ago. The charity provides specialist nurses and support to seriously ill children all over Britain.  These nurses are a lifeline to the children and families they support. Now, more than ever, they are working to ensure the vulnerable children in their care are properly shielded, and stay safe and well. Every seriously ill child deserves a Roald Dahl Nurse. Please donate now to help them continue their vital work.”

The appeal will also raise funds to ensue that we can continue to build the specialist nursing network already established, providing care and support to seriously ill children who need it now more than ever.

Logan (7) is one of the 21,000 seriously ill children supported by Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. He has a very rare genetic condition and is under a total of 14 specialist doctors. Logan is cared for by Roald Dahl Specialist Rare Disease Nurse, Sarah, who is based at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Logan’s mum Sophie says: “I can’t put into words how much it means to us having our Roald Dahl Nurse, Sarah. It’s really difficult as a parent to deal with so much and your child can get lost in the system. Before we had Sarah, I was struggling, and I thought no one was listening to me. She keeps us afloat when we were sinking – she keeps us going.”

Louise Griew, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity Chief Executive said: “Like all small charities, we are in unprecedented times right now. Our income has been severely impacted while the needs of the seriously ill children cared for by our wonderful Roald Dahl Specialist Nurses have increased significantly. We believe every seriously ill child deserves a Roald Dahl Nurse and we want to raise as much as possible so we can increase the number of children we reach. I would urge everyone to donate to our nurses appeal.”

Please contribute to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity Nurses Appeal at